Shillong, Mar 18: Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui today informed the house that of the 1538 vacant Lower Primary teacher posts, 240 have been filled.
He added that 16 Upper Primary teachers, of the 132 vacant posts, have been appointed.
In his reply to a question placed by Umroi MLA George Lyngdoh, the Minister stated that a total of 1291 contractual teachers were appointed and 72 contractual teachers were appointed upto December 2021.
Rymbui stated that 1118 Lower Primary contractual teachers and 72 Upper Primary teachers have been terminated till February 2021.
On a supplementary by Siju-Rongara MLA Rakkam Sangma on whether temporary teachers who have not cleared MTET can continue work so that schools don’t face a lack of teachers, the Minister stated that that would not be possible.
The Education Minister also informed the house that 2900 candidates for LP have cleared the Meghalaya Teachers Eligibility Test and 1670 candidates for UP have cleared the examination.
George then questioned the lack of vacant posts for the number of passed candidates, to which the minister replied that candidates can also apply to SSA schools and private schools that have received grants from the government.
On the remaining vacancies, Rymbui stated that the process of recruitment is underway.
In response to a supplementary by the Siju-Rongara MLA, the minister stated that MTET examinations will be conducted after GHADC elections.